Patricia Renzetti was the prima ballerina for the Colorado Ballet for twelve years, and also was a principal dancer with the London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet), Scapino Ballet of Holland, Iranian National Ballet, and the Tampa Ballet. She appeared as a guest ballerina with the Estonia National Ballet, Teatro Communale in Florence, Italy, and the Israel Ballet. She has danced leading roles in the classical repertoire including 'Cinderella', 'Romeo and Juliet', 'The Nutcracker', 'Coppelia', 'Swan Lake', and 'Sleeping Beauty'. She has staged many classical ballets for Ballet Ariel including the pas de six from 'Napoli', 'Les Sylphides', 'La Vivandiere', and 'Pas de Quatre'. Patricia earned a Master's Degree in Choreography at the University of Iowa, and continues to teach, choreograph, and occasionally perform. She has an MA in counseling. Patricia teaches Level 3, 4, and 5 ballet, variations and company class.
Ilena Norton has directed the Ballet Ariel Company since 1998 and founded the Ballet Ariel School in 2001. She has choreographed many original ballets including Avoca-A Tale of Molly Brown, Vincent Van Gogh, and The Birth of Rock and Roll. Many of her professional ballets include student roles, and she has created original choreography for the annual student recitals. Students in the Ballet Ariel School have participated in many of Ballet Ariel's productions and tours. She has been teaching in the Ballet Ariel School since 2001, and her students have successfully auditioned for multiple ballet company summer programs and are performing with professional ballet companies. She studied ballet with Larry Boyette and many others. Mr. Boyette danced with American Ballet Theatre in the 1930s, and established a school in Denver that trained many classical dancers and teachers during his lifetime. She performed with Ballet Arts Theatre under Paul Fiorino and Larry Boyette. The Ballet Ariel Director has a Bachelors Degree from Stanford University and postgraduate education from Yale University and the University of Colorado in psychology and health. Ilena teaches Level 3, 4, and 5,6 ballet.
Julia Walsh-is a certified teacher in the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) and the Cecchetti Council of America. From 1984-2004 she was a studio owner of the Colorado School of Ballet, she has also taught at the Foothills Recreation Center, Belliston Academy of Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Ballet Arts Center. She studied at the Selangor Academy of Ballet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and performed with the Yuvonne Cogan Dance Company and local Theatre Groups, Rocky Mountain Company, Children Concert with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Arts Theatre, and The Denver Dance Ensemble. Her students have won awards in RAD, Youth America Grand Prix, and Denver Ballet Guild competitions. She will be preparing Level 4, 5 students for the Royal Academy of Dance exams.
Gregory Gonzales was a principal dancer for the Colorado Ballet from 1996-2004. He also danced with Ballet Pacifica, Ballet Arizona, Nevada Dance Theatre, and David Taylor Dance Theater. Major roles include the Preacher in Appalachian Spring, Dark Angel in Serenade, Pat Garrett in Billy the Kid, Head Wrangler in Rodeo, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, and Franz in Coppelia. Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance/Kinesiology from the Univ. of Northern Colorado. He studied with Larry Boyette, James Clouser, Nadia Tikhanova, Cherie Noble and others. Greg teaches floor barre and contemporary.
Ariel Gilliam began her dance training when she was 8 years old at the school of Ballet Ariel. She has also studied at Classic Dance Academy, the school of Ballet Nouveau Colorado (now Colorado Conservatory of Dance) and Kim Robards Dance. Ariel graduated high school in 2013 and immediately joined Ballet Ariel as an apprentice for one year before being promoted to the company where she has danced for six seasons. Since joining the company, she has been given the opportunity to perform several soloist roles including Pas De Trois in Paquita, the Winter Fairy in Cinderella, and the title role in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. She is also a dancer with Ballet 5280; a new ballet company based in Denver. Ariel is delighted to return to her roots and share her love and knowledge of dance at the school where her own training began. Ariel is teaching level 2 ballet and jazz.
Bridget Polei was trained in the Cecchetti method as well as modern and jazz at The Ballet Conservatory in Lewisville, Texas and danced with their pre-professional ballet company LakeCities Ballet Theatre. There she performed in full length classical ballets and had the opportunity to perform the Balanchine works Serenade and Concerto Barocco staged by Shawn Stevens. Bridget trained summers at PNB, ABT, Houston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Joffery. She then went on to graduate from the University of Oklahoma in their highly renown Ballet program, and got an additional degree in Health and Exercise Science. While at OU she performed in ballets such as Raymonda, La Bayadere, Firebird, Onegin, and in other university Opera and Musical Theatre productions. Her choreography "Migration" was chosen to be presented at OU's Young Choreographer's Showcase, a production entirely of student choreography. She was also a university teaching assistant for courses in World Dance and Understanding Dance. After graduation Bridget received a company contract for Ballet Quad Cities in Illinois. Bridget is teaching level 1 ballet and outreach classes.
Oleg Dedogryuk is a graduate of the Leningrad Vaganova Ballet Academy and has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education. He was a principal dancer with the Leningrad Modern Ballet Theatre under Boris Eifman, the Boshoi Theatre Grigorovich Ballet, the Moscow Renaissance Ballet, The National Ballet Theatre in Yugoslavia, the City Ballet in San Diego, and he was a soloist with the Colorado Ballet. He has won prizes for best partner at the 7th International Competition in Moscow, and is Laureate from the International Nureyev's Festival and the International Festival of Dance in Spoleto, Italy. Oleg teaches company classes.
Angela Lisa Fiorini co-founded the Nashville Dance Initiative and was teaching young dancers at Hermitage Dance Academy in Tennessee. Angela Lisa spent the 2012-2013 season teaching at the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. She received the Ruth DeYoung Kohler Scholarship for Arts Excellence and attended the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated in the spring of 2013 with a BFA in Classical Ballet and a Minor in Communication. While a student at CCM, she had the opportunity to perform professionally with DTT, Dayton Ballet and Tevlin Ballet. Originally from Wisconsin, Angela Lisa trained with Pat Keller, Sue Darrow, and Jean Wolfmeyer before being accepted to Milwaukee Ballet School Academy, where she trained on full scholarship after receiving the Schomer Lichtner Award. While training in Milwaukee Ballet's PreÂprofessional Academy, she had the opportunity to perform annually in Michael Pink's 'The Nutcracker'. She has also trained with Atlanta Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Angela teaches outreach classes.